Penn State Defensive Players Quotes

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Oct. 15, 2011

#28 Drew Astorino
Gr./Sr., Safety

Q: Talk about game play today. What was it like for you as a player today with so many momentum swings?
A: I think we hung in there. Their offense had a really good game. They did, I think, exactly what they wanted to do. We struggled a little bit, but we are a bend, not break defense. We came up big in the red zone a couple times. So it was a little frustrating. We will have to look at the film and change a couple things, but we got the win and that is most important.

Q: Going forward, is this going to be where the team proves you are as good as other 6-1 teams?
A: We are just going every week. This week it was Purdue and any team can beat you at any time. That is what is great about playing in the Big Ten. We are going to have to go in this week with another big game. Every game is big. Every game we need a win and that is what we are looking forward to as this next game comes.

Q: Is it interesting as a player to be a part of these games with each taking on their own identity? You think you have something consistent and it plays out much differently than you expected.
A: Yes, every single offense is different. Every offense tries to pinpoint different parts of the defense and I think Purdue did a good job today, they really did. We have to go fix some things, but every offense is different and you just have to game plan each week. Whether you win or lose, you have to forget about it because you have another big game coming.

#34 Nate Stupar
Gr./Sr., Linebacker

Q: Talk about defensive turnovers today.
A: The coaches are always telling us to get turnovers and get the ball out. Today we did that. We got three interceptions and that changes the game. Our offense did really well with not turning the ball over as much and that was good.

Q: Were you surprised at how much they were able to run on the defense today?
A: Yes. They did a great job. I cannot take anything away from Purdue. They are a great team and we knew they were good. I think they had two hundred plus yards on Minnesota. We just have to go back to the drawing board and see where we made mistakes and what things our defense changed up at halftime.

 

 

Q: Do you think the team is a little fortunate to be 6-1 right now?
A: I do not think so. Looking toward the Big Ten Championship, every game has been close. I think it shows for us that we can be under pressure and we can succeed under pressure and we are fortunate that defense is playing lights out and offense is doing their job.

#71 Devon Still
Sr./Sr., Defensive Tackle

Q: What do you take more out of this game, the first three quarters or the big stand at the end?
A: I think we can take away that we have a defense that is not going to give up. When things are not going our way in the beginning and they were getting big plays here and there which kept them in the game we didn't give up. We just kept going hard. And thankfully we came out with the win.

Q: How much does it help when you can back a defense onto their own one and force them to go 99 yards?
A: We cherish that a lot. (Anthony) Fera did a good job of getting that ball down there and (Nick) Sukay hustled down the field to make a play on the ball. Our defense was able to go out there and play the kind of defense that we need to play.

Q: Why do you think this team doesn't get as much credit as other 6-1 teams?
A: To be honest I couldn't really tell you. We're really not worried about it as a team. We just have to keep going out there and proving that we are one of the best teams in the Big Ten and hopefully people will start giving respect to us.

#8 D'Anton Lynn
Sr./Sr., Cornerback

Q: Did you feel like you could have given it a go last week?
A: You know, I wanted to but it was probably smart for me not to. Even when I started this game I was a little timid at first because I hadn't had full contact. But as I started playing I started getting back to my old self.

Q: When did it change that you became comfortable?
A: Honestly into the fourth quarter. I just needed one big hit and I finally got a good hit in the fourth quarter and after that I felt like I was able to take the pain off my shoulders and I felt ready.

Q: This week your defense was more of bend but don't break defense. What does it say about your team that you can win either way?
A: I think we definitely came out flat at first. Purdue also had a great game plan against us and came out quick and have real good receivers so give some credit to them too but we did come out a little flat.

Q: Why is that?
A: I have no idea why. That is part of the game sometimes. That is something we need to work on and get out of the gates quicker.

#6 Gerald Hodges
Jr./Jr., Linebacker

Q: Can you explain the way you and Nate (Stupar) feed off of each other?
A: We just feed off of each other. He's a goofy guy so whenever he's goofy I know everything is alright. I can tell if everything is going to be alright by his emotions.

Q: There's been a lot more turnovers this year.
A: We're just taking advantage of the tip offs. It seems like the ball is just coming our way when we need it to.

#2 Chaz Powell
Sr./Sr., Cornerback

Q: What happened when you got the flag for excessive celebration?
A: It's just something that happened. If I could do it all over again, I would have handed the ball over to the officials. They told me after that's the rule and it's a close game, they have to call that. Like I said, I would have handed the ball off. They got to call that. They took the initiative that I was trying to get some attention. But I was just in the game and made a big play. I was excited.

Q: When the flag first went up did you realize who did what?
A: To be honest I didn't even know it was a flag. After I got checked out and everything I heard it over the loud speaker that 15 yard for excessive celebration. I got a little emotional, a little upset because I didn't think it was but like I said, tight game, they have to call it.

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